32 Killed As Death Toll Continues To Rise In Libya Clashes

Damaged vehicles are pictured in a street in the Libyan capital Tripoli on August 27, 2022, following clashes between rival Libyan groups. TURKIA / AFP

 

Clashes between backers of Libya’s rival governments killed at least 32 people, the health ministry said Sunday in a new toll, after a battle that sparked fears of major new conflict.

Armed groups had exchanged fire that damaged several hospitals and set buildings on fire starting Friday evening, the worst fighting in the Libyan capital since a landmark 2020 ceasefire.

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A cautious calm had set in by Saturday evening, an AFP correspondent said.

The fighting came after months of mounting tensions between backers of Abdulhamid Dbeibah and Fathi Bashagha, whose rival administrations are vying for control of the North African country which has seen more than a decade of violence since a 2011 uprising.

Dbeibah’s administration, installed in the capital as part of a United Nations-led peace process after the end of the last major battle in 2020, has so far prevented Bashagha from taking office there, arguing that the next administration should be the product of elections.

Bashagha was appointed by Libya’s eastern-based parliament earlier this year and is backed by powerful eastern military chief Khalifa Haftar, whose 2019 attempt to seize the capital by force turned into a year-long civil war.

Bashagha, a former interior minister, had initially ruled out the use of violence to take power in Tripoli but had since hinted that he could resort to force.

Libya plunged into chaos following the 2011 overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a Western-backed uprising, with myriad armed groups and foreign powers moving to fill the power vacuum.

Certain armed groups seen as neutral in the latest crisis had moved to back Dbeibah this weekend to push back Bashagha’s second attempt to enter the capital.

Both sides exchanged blame on Saturday while world powers appealed for calm.

The UN’s Libya mission called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities”, citing “ongoing armed clashes including indiscriminate medium and heavy shelling in civilian-populated neighbourhoods”.

On Saturday evening, Dbeibah posted a video of himself surrounded by bodyguards and greeting fighters supporting his administration.

Dbeibah’s Government of National Unity said fighting had broken out after negotiations to avoid bloodshed in the western city collapsed.

Bashagha denied such talks had taken place, and accused Dbeibah’s “illegitimate” administration of “clinging to power”.

Local media reported later Saturday that a group of pro-Bashagha militias that had been making their way to the capital from Misrata later turned back.

Analyst Wolfram Lacher wrote on Twitter that Libya’s shifting alliances were “a never-ending story”.

“The armed groups that found themselves on the same side in yesterday’s Tripoli fighting will tomorrow clash over turf, positions and budgets,” he wrote.

“The factions that were pro-Dbeibah yesterday will challenge him tomorrow.”

17 Killed, 59 Injured In Ghana Explosion

This combination of photos show the scene of an explosion in Ghana on January 20, 2022.
This combination of photos shows the scene of an explosion in the Western Region town of Bogoso, Ghana on January 20, 2022.

 

At least 17 people were killed and 59 injured Thursday in a devastating explosion in a western Ghana town after a truck carrying explosives intended for a mine collided with a motorcycle, the government said.

The blast left a huge crater and reduced dozens of buildings to dust-covered piles of wood and metal in Apiate, near the city of Bogoso some 300 kilometres (180 miles) west of the mineral-rich West African country’s capital Accra.

Footage verified by AFP showed locals rushing towards a raging fire and rising plumes of black smoke to inspect the damage, while rescue workers waded through the rubble to find survivors caught in the devastation and retrieve lifeless bodies.

“A total of 17 people have unfortunately been confirmed dead, and 59 injured people have been rescued,” Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement released overnight.

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The minister said initial signs point to “an accident involving a truck transporting explosive materials for a mining company, a motorcycle and a third vehicle” which took place near an electrical transformer.

Out of 59 people injured, 42 are receiving treatment in hospitals or health centres and “some are in critical condition”, Nkrumah added.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo called it a “truly sad, unfortunate and tragic incident” and expressed “deep condolences to the families of the deceased”.

‘Ghost town’

Officials and eyewitnesses described a scene of desolation against the sea of buildings collapsed or impaired in the carnage.

“It’s a black Thursday. So far 500 houses have been affected. Some have been razed down completely by the explosion while others have developed cracks,” Sedzi Sadzi Amedonu, Deputy Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization, told AFP.

“It’s almost like a ghost town now.”

Abena Mintah, who witnessed the blast, told local media the driver of the truck dropped down from his hatch, shouting at those nearby to warn them away from the flaming vehicle.

“Within a few minutes we heard a loud bang. I felt dizzy and fell in the bush. I managed to get up and saw a few dismembered bodies on the street,” Mintah said.

The government said those in critical condition would be moved to hospitals in Accra and police asked surrounding villages to open their schools and churches to accommodate any additional casualties.

A team of police and army explosion experts were deployed to “avoid a second explosion” and put in place security measures after the blast, the government said in a press release.

 ‘Community Gone’

Emergency services were to give a casualty update on Friday at 11:00 am (1100 GMT).

Dr Isaac Dasmani, chief executive of the Prestea Huni-Valley municipality where the explosion occurred, told local media “the whole community is gone” after the blast.

“All of the roofs have been ripped off, some of the buildings have collapsed. Some were in their rooms, and were trapped. Some of them unfortunately, before we were able to rescue them, were already gone,” he told Ghana’s TV3 broadcaster.

Authorities have created an access route to the scene and were working to open roads on Friday to ease traffic around the blast site, he said.

Ghana has been rocked by several deadly explosions caused by fuel accidents in recent years.

In 2017, at least three people were killed and dozens injured after a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in Accra, triggering explosions at two fuel stations and killing three people.

Ghana’s capital was the scene of a similar fire and explosion in June 2015, when more than 150 people died as they sought shelter from seasonal rains and flooding at a petrol station. The blaze was believed to have spread by fuel on the floodwater.

Deadly accidents linked to the mining sector are also frequent in Ghana, Africa’s second largest gold producer after South Africa, but they are mostly caused by the collapse of mines, often illegal ones.

In June, at least nine people died in the collapse of an illegal mine in northern Ghana.

AFP

Eight Escape Death In Another Ibadan Building Collapse

 

Eight people escaped death on Tuesday when a building collapsed at a construction site in Oyo State.

The incident occurred on Eleyele Road beside the Polo Ground in Ibadan, the state capital.

Although no death was recorded, some construction workers at the site were trapped under the rubble.

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Emergency workers were said to have rushed to the scene and rescued the victims after which they were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The incident occurred weeks after a three-storey building under construction collapsed in Sogoye area of Molete, also in Ibadan.

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Three Injured, Motorcycles Burnt As Tanker Explodes In Ekiti

 

Tragedy struck on Thursday in Ido-Osi Local Government area of Ekiti State after a fuel-laden tanker exploded.

Following the explosion, no fewer than three persons were injured, and some motorcycles burnt in a tanker.

Channels Television learnt that the accident happened along Ido-Ifaki highway as a result of brake failure.

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The fuel tanker reportedly lost control spilling part of its content before going ablaze.

Officials of the state fire service brought the situation under control following their quick intervention.

Meanwhile, the injured victims have been conveyed to the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido Ekiti where they are receiving treatment.

10 People Injured In Manchester Shooting

Police officers stand guard at the scene of a shooting at Claremont Road in the Moss Side neighbourhood of Manchester, on August 12, 2018. OLI SCARFF / AFP

 

Ten people, including two children, were taken to hospital on Sunday with pellet-type wounds after reports of a shooting in Manchester in northern England, police said.

Officers were called at around at 2:30 am (0130 GMT) to the Moss Side neighbourhood of the city, where a party had been held following a Caribbean Carnival nearby.

“Nine people went to the hospital, including two children, with pellet-type wounds that are not believed to be serious,” a statement from Greater Manchester Police said.

“A tenth person — a man — remains in a stable but serious condition in hospital with injuries to his legs.”

Police said they hoped the less seriously injured victims would begin to leave the hospital during the course of the day.

“This was a reckless act that could have had devastating consequences with families and friends losing loved ones,” Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry said.

In a message to the local community, he added: “Guns have no place on our streets and we want to assure you we are doing everything we can to find the person or people responsible.”

AFP

Two Persons Killed In Another Plateau Attack

Gunmen Kill Ex-Plateau Head Of Service, Two Others
Plateau State on the map of Nigeria

Two people were confirmed dead and two others injured in an attack on Jol village in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State on Tuesday.

The attack was confirmed by Police Public Relations Officer, Tyopev Mathias, who  said 16-year-old Susan Daniel and 29-year-old Joel Choji were killed.

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Those injured in the attack were identified as Dachung Yakubu and Rebecca Daniel. The victims are currently receiving treatment for gunshot wounds.

Mathias added that no arrest has been made in respect to the attack abut investigations are still ongoing.

This attack is coming nine days after over 20 people were killed in an early morning attack on Nkyie Dongwro village in Miango district of Bassa Local Government Area in Plateau State.

41 Killed, 71 Injured In Portugal Wildfires

A firefighter observes the flames while trying to extinguish a fire in Cabanoes near Louzan as wildfires continue to rage in Portugal on October 16, 2017. PHOTO: Francisco LEONG / AFP

 The number of people killed in Portugal’s wildfires since Sunday has risen to 41, with 71 other people injured, authorities said, warning that the toll is likely to increase.

“We’ve gone from 37 dead to 41,” civil protection agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar told AFP on Tuesday.

Of the 71 injured, 16 are in serious condition, she added.

AFP

62 People Injured In Hong Kong Light Rail Accident

Six-two people were injured after a light rail transit train derailed in Hong Kong on Friday.

The accident happened while the train was making a turn, causing it to jump off the tracks, according to local media reports.

Emergency crews carrying injured passengers off the train, some on stretchers, and treating people on the scene were seen.

An eyewitness said after the crash the train flipped onto its side as the chair in front crushed a passenger.

After the crash, there were damaged overhead cables, train carriages and tracks all over and at least four people were seriously injured and taken to hospital, but most suffered minor injuries.

It was very chaotic with people screaming and many bleeding.

Police say they are investigating the cause of the accident.